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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:21 pm 
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Quite a lot in here, but unfortunately not much detail. Or fortunately, maybe :?


Tough new rules imposed on County Durham taxi drivers

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/ ... i-drivers/

TAXI drivers may have to “jump through hoops” to gain or keep licences under proposed new policy changes.

Senior council officers will have the power to revoke licences when dealing with “serious matters” under new rules put forward by Durham Council.

Licensing manager Craig Rudman said this would happen in situations “of particular gravity” or “imminent risk”, but licences could be reinstated if drivers were exonerated.

The proposed changes will mean drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles receiving disability awareness training - described in a council meeting as a “no-brainer” - as well as sexual exploitation and safeguarding training.

Councillors also voted in favour of drug and alcohol testing of drivers, though this will be “intelligence-led”, not random.

Mr Rudman said this already took place as the council passed on intelligence to police, and the policy merely made it explicit.

Drivers who rack up minor motoring offences will go on “driver improvement courses”.

Emissions were also considered by the general licensing and registration committee yesterday.

Under the proposals, licences will only be granted or renewed for vehicles meeting certain emissions standards, which may exclude older cars.

Drivers of hackney carriages, which can be hailed in the street or work from a rank, will still be tested on local knowledge.

However councillors voted to drop such “locality testing” for private hire vehicle drivers, who vociferously opposed it amid a “national shortage” of drivers.

Mr Rudman said he understood their concerns as private hire drivers could prepare routes in advance, aided by satnav technology.

There were also proposals to lift requirements for taxis to carry fire extinguishers - as “if you don’t know what you’re doing you could do more harm than good” - and first aid kits.

Councillors voted to keep the requirement for extinguishers and first aid kits, with members saying they could not understand why it should not be kept.

The full five-year proposed policy was presented by council officers in a 348-page document following consultation with the public, including the taxi trade.

Mr Rudman said it aimed to strike a balance between protecting the public and not making people’s lives too difficult.

“But we can make no apology that the policy does contain what some people might describe as hoops that they might have to jump through, either to gain a licence or even to keep a licence.”

Compulsory CCTV in taxis was considered, but it was decided not to go ahead with this.

Mr Rudman said: “The expense is too much. The fact of the matter is it’s hard to justify.”

Reduced or zero fees for electric and hybrid vehicles were also considered, but this issue was deferred to a later date.

The proposals will go to a full council meeting later in the year.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:23 pm 
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However councillors voted to drop such “locality testing” for private hire vehicle drivers, who vociferously opposed it amid a “national shortage” of drivers.

Mr Rudman said he understood their concerns as private hire drivers could prepare routes in advance, aided by satnav technology.

Bit confused by these two paragraphs. Initially read it as meaning that the PHDs were 'vociferously opposed' to scrapping the test, but to that degree the second paragraph doesn't make sense.

But I suspect it's saying that the PHDs are 'vociferously opposed' to PHVDs having a locality test.

In which case I doubt if it's *PHDs* who wanted the test scrapped, rather than PH operators [-(

Which explains why I misread the paragraph in the first place. It incorrectly referred to private hire *drivers*.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:25 pm 
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Mr Rudman said he understood their concerns as private hire drivers could prepare routes in advance, aided by satnav technology.

Thick as pigs sh** comment.

What about tourists who don't actually know where they are going?

What about auto bookings that don't give destinations?

What about people who change their minds?

What about people who want to go on further when they reach the named destination?

Ignorance is rife when it comes to the administration of the PH trade.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:29 pm 
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Councillors voted to keep the requirement for extinguishers and first aid kits, with members saying they could not understand why it should not be kept.

Because drivers are not being training to use those products. #-o

What is the point of a fire extinguisher in a car fire? All that would happen is the idiot holding the thing is at risk of serious injury. Ask the fire service if we should try and tackle car fires and they will freak out.

As for first aid, other than a plaster we once again should stay well clear unless we are fully trained in first aid.

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